Salt Lake Oasis Starts Sunday Gatherings

Salt Lake City, UT [April 17, 2016]—With recent Pew research indicating a rise in the religiously unaffiliated, secular organizations are popping up to fill in the gaps for those who want the community feeling associated with church but who do not hold literal or particular religious beliefs. The “nones” include those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics as well as those who say their religion is “nothing in particular”—and they now make up 23% of U.S. adults. The Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscapes Study also shows that this segment of the population is becoming less religious over time.

 “As I was drifting away from my church, I found myself missing the companionship and community that I had when I was a part of it,” says Elise Martinez of Tooele, “I needed a place where anyone would be accepted and loved, no matter their beliefs or lifestyle.” She has joined with others to start a Salt Lake affiliate of Oasis, a non-profit organization which holds gatherings that have been described as “house band meets TED talk”. Oasis has strong communities in Houston, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri, recently spreading from coast to coast. Several communities are forming this year in various parts of Utah.

Starting Sunday, May 15th, Salt Lake Oasis will welcome Salt Lake City’s non-religious to weekly Sunday gatherings consisting of live music, coffee & socializing, and keynote presenters on a wide variety of topics. According to Jacques-Pierre Cole, one of two SL Oasis lead organizers, key principles of the organization include “People are more important than beliefs” and “Human hands solve human problems”. Accordingly, Salt Lake Oasis will host social events and organize opportunities for humanitarian service. Information on Oasis events can be found on their facebook page: “Salt Lake Oasis”.

Pew Research Center "Religious ‘nones’ are not only growing, they’re becoming more secular"